Thursday paid day off for public sector in Egypt to celebrate Coptic Christmas

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jan 2022

Thursday 6 January will be a paid day off for public sector workers on the occasion of the Coptic Orthodox Christmas, which falls on 7 January, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

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The holiday, which was designated a national holiday in 2002, will be paid for public employees at ministries, governmental institutions, public sector companies, authorities, and local administrations instead of Friday, 7 January, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.

Coptic Orthodox Egyptians, who make up 90 percent of the country’s Christian population, celebrate Christmas on 7 January, according to the Julian Calendar.

In 2019, the government decided to give workers Thursdays as a day off if public holidays fall on a weekdays.

Smaller Egyptian Christian denominations - such as Catholics and Evangelicals - celebrate Christmas on 25 December, according to the Gregorian Calendar.

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